Days ahead of the NEET 2021 examination, candidates have been storming Twitter and other social media platforms with comments using the hashtag #OperationNEET. The National Eligibility Entrance Examination (NEET) 2021 is all set to be conducted on September 12, 2021, after a long wait and hurdles created by the COVID-19 pandemic. With just two days left for the national-level entrance exam, scandal surfaced today, in the form of allegations of a leaked paper by a medical college. Such allegations surfaced when a popular TV news channel aired an investigative episode revealing that a mafia is behind this scandal.
This scandal has created a havoc in the NEET 2021 universe and, aspirants and notable personalities are incessantly expressing their views on various social media platforms. As of now, there are around 75.8K tweets on Twitter under the popular hashtag #OperationNEET which clearly shows the severity of the matter. Surprisingly however, no news report has showcased any question paper which is “supposedly” the question paper of the upcoming entrance exam.
After rumours about the leaked NEET 2021 paper spread like wildfire, officials from NTA were quick to respond, implying that the allegations are “false” and baseless. National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting body of NEET 2021 assured students that there has been no irregularity or breach of security systems. Vineet Joshi, the Director General of NTA reportedly asked students to not believe in such baseless rumours.
NTA’s quick response did throw water on the rapidly-escalating tension and panic among NEET 2021 aspirants. With just two days left for the UG medical entrance exam, their anxiousness is already at an all-time-high. For such situation to have happened within 48 hours of the exam may prove detrimental in a candidate’s preparation.
With this view in mind, students are requesting the Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to postpone the medical entrance exam. Due to this alleged scandal, some students are asking for a thorough investigation into this matter. In the meantime, authorities must put a stay order on the NEET 2021 examination. Some candidates are urging the education ministry to take this matter into serious consideration as the career of 15 lakh candidates is at stake.
At this point, an investigation into the NEET 2021 exam is highly unlikely and even though clamor of postponing the exam are astounding, chances of that happening are next to nil. The agency has already declared the allegations to be a false trail. While a thorough investigation may come at a later stage, students are advised to maintain a composure and avoid using social media platforms at such a crucial juncture. A calm and composed mind is the need of the hour to crack the medical entrance test with flying colours!